Jessica Helfand

Monday, February 20, 2006


William Drenttel: Short Bio

William Drenttel was president of the American Institute of Graphic Arts from 1994-96, and as president emeritus continues in an active role as chairman of both the AIGA's Literacy Initiative. He is a trustee and a member of the executive committee of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, a Smithsonian Institution, and a board member of Academic Partners LLC.
In 1997, he joined the designer and writer Jessica Helfand to form a new design consultancy--Jessica Helfand William Drenttel--focused on editorial, identity and new media projects. They work with clients such as Netscape, Booz Allen & Hamilton, Miavita, Lingua Franca, Newsweek, Champion Paper, News International, University of Chicago Press, Yale Law School, and Teach for America.
From 1985-1996, he was a partner at Drenttel Doyle Partners in New York City. Selected clients and projects include: editorial design of numerous magazines, including Spy, The New Republic, and Inc.; strategic consulting and large design programs for companies such as Champion International, Springs Industries and Hewitt Associates; the overall graphic identity, and program and exhibition design for the World Financial Center; a new identity program and exhibition design for the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; a new graphic identity and publications program for Princeton University; and exhibition and store design at Grand Central Station. Among its over 300 awards, Drenttel Doyle Partners was named to the I.D. 40 list of design innovators in 1994.
William Drenttel has written on design for I.D. and Communication Arts magazines and the AIGA Journal, as well as edited two anthologies of critical writings on design (Allworth Press) and three surveys of design firms in America (Rockport Press). He has lectured widely, at locations including the Library of Congress, the Pacific Design Center (Los Angeles) and San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art. He also publishes a number of books each year under the imprint William Drenttel New York, including literary works by writers such as Paul Auster, Thomas Bernhard, Paul Celan and James Salter; and critical essays by Jessica Helfand and Leon Wieseltier. He is a graduate of Princeton University.


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